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La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoe

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    Serious comfort.

    The La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoes use an unlined leather upper to mold to your feet so you can climb longer and suffer less. Of course, all the comfort in the world doesn't mean much without performance, so La Sportiva gave this shoe a super sticky FriXion rubber sole.
    • Unlined leather upper will stretch about a half size
    • Synthetic leather lacing overlay adds support for beginner to mid-level climbers
    • Aggressive rubber heel rand and FriXion rubber keep you glued to small holds
    • Quick-pull lace harness mixes easy on-and-off with support
    • Item #LSP0215

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    leather, synthetic leather
    5mm FriXion RS
    Asymmetrical Curvature
    Claimed Weight
    9.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    gym climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Runs slightly large

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8

    New climber and new climbing shoes suggested by the gym - I am advancing quickly due to good grip from the shoes. The laces totally make up for the slightly large fit - snugs up really well.

    Good not Great

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 40.5

    Decent shoe, fits well and stretches a little over time for the custom fit. I find this shoes does a great job edging but does not do so great smearing. The rubber is a bit too hard for my liking. I purchased another pair with a softer sole and the difference is night and day. With that said, I'm not throwing them out. Ill use these at the crags where edging is critical and smearing is not necessary. If you want a beginner or gym shoe - this will fit the bill.

    Good so far

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size

    This is my first climbing show so I don't have much to go off of. However, the fit is great and my feet are happy so far.

    Pretty Good Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small

    Overall, a pretty good, comfortable shoe. The heel puts a little bit of pressure on my achilles after a while, but taking them off and retying them did the job.

    Good Beginner Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I'm new to climbing so I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on shoes. From the reviews I read about this shoe it was advised to size down due to stretching. I wear a 10.5 tennis shoe so I purchased a whole size down, 42.5. I sure hope this shoe stretches out soon. It is uncomfortable while standing and my toes are slightly curled. However, once in the wall they don't bother me at all.

    Wide Feet? Search no longer!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I am fairly new to climbing and have only used these shoes in the gym but wow! I have always struggled getting a shoe to close on my foot but these are extremely comfortable and secure my foot into place with out slipping, The laces also allow for you to tighten or loosen up the shoe to your desired fit. I have no troubles smearing or edging with these shoes and find that the traction on them allow me to stay on the wall with minimal effort.
    As far as sizing goes though, size your foot down a complete size from what the size chart says. These shoes run large even with wide feet.

    I whip my hair back and forth

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41.5

    Ok first off, the title of the review has nothing to do with the shoes. These are a great all purpose climbing shoe at an affordable price! Thats right, i used the words affordable and climbing shoe in the same sentence. I like them because they are lace ups which makes them great for crack climbing. I find that the buckles just leave buckle shaped bruises when used for shoving your feet in cracks. I use them primarily as a work horse shoe for pretty much everyday when warming up so i can save wear and tear on my more expensive climbing shoes. They work great for smearing, edging, cracks, slab, steeps, etc. I wouldn't say they're are the highest performing shoes out there, but they definitely get the job done at a price that works. They also don't stretch out too much, only about a half a size. I'd recommend a pair of these to any climber from beginner to expert.

    I whip my hair back and forth

    Great beginner shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.5

    I bought these over a year and a half ago and they have worked great. I used them indoor and outdoor but now I only use them for Water soloing because there are holes in the tip. The holes began to show after a year of climbing. The hole widened enough to see the tip of my big toe clearly. But the rubber worked great and stuck well. VERY comfortable. Not the most aggressive shoe but great for beginners. I wore a 43 at that point so I ordered a 42.5.

    Great beginner shoe

    Comfortable, but ripped

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    Overall I love these shoes! My only complaint is that the metal grommet for the top eyelet ripped out of the shoe after only a few climbs. I am very careful with my gear so I am not sure if they were defective or not. They still work, but I can not tighten them as much as I would like on the ripped shoe.

    Love them

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 8

    Nice budget climbing shoes! Really good for the price. I sized mine down a couple sizes for a really tight climbing fit. I don't really think that's indicative of what everyone should do though. I just wanted a really tight shoe. Normally wear a 10 in shoes but but wear an 8 in this climbing shoe.

    First Climbing Shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 45

    Thanks to Bill P. of Backcountry for lots of help and much patience I have a pair of climbing shoes that fit properly. As the title reflects, these are my first climbing shoes so I have little to compare them with. Whether my abilities are improving or whether the shoes make climbing easier is a question I can't answer at this point. I wear a size US 12 and euro size 46. My width is aa narrow. I was recommended to buy a full size smaller and so I ordered the 45s. It fit as recommended with my toes snug in the tip of the shoe with a slight bend in my toes. I was told they will stretch out with use. Because my foot is narrow I usually have excess room in my shoes which I don't with these. They form fit to my foot with room to tighten much more in the event that they stretch out. I have only used them twice and have worn them for as much as 4 hours without significant discomfort. I'm happy with them so far. They get five stars because they meet all of my expectations at this point.

    Great first shoe

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    This is my first climbing shoe. I got the men’s version because the women’s version is too narrow. A lot of people told me to try this shoe to start out, and so far it has been great. The Tarantulace is pretty comfortable. I can usually leave them on for about an hour before they get a little too snug. The laces obviously slow down the process of taking the shoes off and putting them back on, so it’s nice that their comfort is enough to prevent that process needing to be repeated too many times. So far, I’ve only used the shoes in the gym, and they have performed very well. As always, the Backcountry price is the best one I found.

    Great Shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium

    These shoes are great for beginners. However the first few times you wear them they are hard to fit in and slippery while grabbing onto rocks. Best for beginners.

    Perfect for a new climbers first shoe

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: 44

    So I got these as my first climbing shoe and I have to say they are the perfect first climbing shoe. They have everything a new climber needs and nothing they don't. I ordered them 1/2 size down from my street shoe they were definitely too big, I wear a size 11 and my shoes were a size 44. If I were to buy these again I would probably get them 1 and 1/2 sizes down so a 43 or 42.5. I climbed on these shoes for about five months before I got Miura Laces for harder projects. In my time with these shoes I did a ton of bouldering and top roping at climbing gyms and I did a lot of bouldering on sandstone. I was climbing up to v4 and 5.11d in these shoes. These shoes are super comfortable and great for gym climbing or training circuits. However what they have in comfort they lack in performance. Edging sucks to get my foot on any small foot hold I would have to use a ton of the real estate on the inside edge of my toe it was not precise at all. Heel hooking sucked but thats just because they were too big. Toe hooking was okay but I found my feet slipping a bit on boulders. Smearing works good in these shoes but I have limited experience slab climbing so I'm not an aficionado of smearing but they work well enough for smearing on normal routes. So all in all these shoes are perfect for the new climber but thats it. As a climbing shoe for experienced strong climbers this shoes falls short in what you need.

    Eric - my experience is the same as yours, except I loved the shoe at first. I found they stretch too much and eventually lose the ability to hold an edge (shoe turns on my foot). It's possible they would continue to work well if I bought them painfully small at first. Smearing was and is still great.

    Good starting shoe, needs breaking in

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    These are my first shoes, and a good first purchase after lots of gym shoe rentals. They took a while to break in, and still aren't super comfortable even after about 6 months of fairly regular use. I always take them off between climbs so that I don't have to stand in them while I belay. I have wide feet and they did stretch a bit, but they can be tight in the heel. They've got great soles though, and I always feel very secure in my holds on the wall. I had trouble finding the correct size and fit; I was used to climbing in rental Evolvs and their sizes run bigger than these. I had to send my La Sportivas back to get another size--if possible, try to go in to REI or another outdoor gear store and try them on in person to get your correct size, then order from Backcountry (prices are better!).

    Comfortable but short lived

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 41

    Size & Fit
    I would say a 5 on size and comfort. The fit was as I expected, some stretch as I knew there would be. I've used the shoes both in the gym and outdoors, and it's performed well in both locations.

    I rate these a 4 on how quickly they wear out. I have used them a half dozen times and no problems so far, but I have a brother that has the same shoe and wore through them in a year climbing mainly in the gym 1-2 days a week.

    The shoes are made of great material. The laces are strong and don't fray easily, and the materials are comfortable and supportive. Overall a well-built product.

    Overall great comfort, good price, great beginner/intermediate shoe that is comfortable to keep on for extended periods.

    H i, m new to this and I was wondering...

    H i, m new to this and I was wondering since I wear a size 44 in my Vibrams what size should I get? The whole size smaller than street size confuses me.

    Since climbing shoes need to have a snug (NOT TIGHT!!!!) fit, many climbers recommend getting climbing shoes a US size smaller than your street shoe size. By that logic, if you wear a size 44 in street shoes, you should aim for a size 42-42.5 for your climbing shoes. La Sportiva fit, though, is a strange animal, and tends to run much smaller than street shoe size. I wear a US 14 (Euro 48) in street shoes, but a Mythos 44.5, a Testarossa 45, and a TC Pro 45.5. The only way I know this is because I tried on lots of shoes until I found what fit.

    Unfortunately, getting well fitting climbing shoes isn't quite that easy, as several people have pointed out. Different shoes fit differently, and the only way to know is to try them on. These are definitely good starter shoes, and you can send them back to Backcountry if they don't fit. For your first pair you want something that is snug, but not painful. These will stretch (as will most climbing shoes), so starting with a pair that is a bit snugger than you think is comfortable is advisable. Good luck, and welcome to the rabbit hole that is climbing shoe fit!

    Bear with me please, total newbie. Will...

    Bear with me please, total newbie.

    Will these shoes work well for women too or should I look at the Tarantulace women's version (teal)?

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

    Best Answer

    So you may like this shoe, men and women climbing shoes can be interchangeable. Some men use women's shoes and vice versa, its all about fit. The women's shoes have a different shape more narrow and definitely a better fit for the heel but again all of our feet our different. Your best bet is to try a bunch of different pairs and see what works for you.

    Do they smell like how evolv's do?

    Do they smell like how evolv's do?

    If I wear a size 9 in most regular shoes,...

    If I wear a size 9 in most regular shoes, what size do you suggest that I order. I heard because of the leather I should order a half size down with a 41? or a 40.5?

    Best Answer

    Everyone has different feet and different levels of pain tolerance when it comes to climbing shoes. In regards to your sizing, I would personally go for the 40.5 over the 41 because they are primarily made of leather, but I would highly suggest trying on a pair somewhere else to see how they feel.

    you can also order multiple pairs from us to try on and send back the ones that don't fit. A climbing shoe should fit like a sock, you want all parts of your foot touching the shoe with no gaps or loose areas. and around the toe of the shoe where the rubber meets the leather you will want to see all of your toe knuckles bumped up along that line. if this is your first pair of climbing shoes it will feel pretty painful, but as the shoe stretches and breaks in and you feet get used to being in that position it will hurt less.

    If when trying the shoe on it is so painful that you can't even stand they are too tight and if you can put the shoe on fairly easily and it fells like a snug pair of sneakers, then you are too loose. You want to find that middle ground where your toes are knuckled and snug, but not horribly painful.

    It says these are unlined. I can see a...

    It says these are unlined. I can see a white fabric lining sewn into the toe box. Does this mean they will stretch as if they were unlined, or are they actually lined, non-stretchy shoes?